the mission of grades 1-3
While reading The Case Against Homework, this quote grabbed me.
“I have elementary school children coming in who are highly stressed and miserable,” says pediatrician Rochelle Feldman. “They feel like failures at the beginning of school. One of the most important things you need to do for kids is establish school as a great place to be, that learning is fun and they can be successful these. That is actually the main task of the first three grades. So you’re taking a tremendous risk with issues of self-esteem and self-confidence if you make it drudgery instead of fun.” The book is fairly one-sided, but the evidence supports a policy of individualized, developmentally appropriate education.